IR Iran international winger Mehdi Taremi, who currently plies his trade in Portugal, has been linked with a transfer to Premier League club Aston Villa.
The 27-year-old Iranian attacker had made his move to Portuguese Primeira Liga club Rio Ave from Qatar Stars League side Al Gharafa SC in July 2019 and has been in fine touch in his first stint in Europe.
⚽️ Mehdi Taremi!
Mehdi picks up a perfect Lopes pass mid-air and blasts it home. A great finish!
— Persian Soccer (@PersianFutbol) January 19, 2020
Taremi has scored six goals in 13 appearances for Rio Ave this season which has attracted interest in the Team Melli forward from various clubs across Europe.
Villa have already signed Tanzanian forward Mbwana Samatta from KRC Genk during the January transfer window, but are still looking to add a second striker to their roster.
“It’s something we’re talking about all the time. Suso (Villa sporting director Jesus García Pitarch) believes the same as well, so it’s something we’re looking for and looking to press on with as well,” Aston Villa manager Dean Smith told Sky Sports.
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Sou PROFISSIONAL DE FUTEBOL no RIO AVE F.C., hoje sinto me triste e injustiçado, fui expulso sem entender porquê!! Toda a minha carreira respeitei os árbitros e hoje mantive esse respeito e vou manter sempre, mas fui espulso sem entender porquê, levei cartão amarelo e perguntei “why”(porquê), porque não falo português, fui ignorado e perguntei várias vezes “why,why,why”(porquê, porquê, porquê), e o árbitro mostrou me o segundo amarelo. Não sei o que percebeu, não faltei ao respeito, volto a dizer eu não falo Português, e não faltei ao respeito nem em Inglês, porque não o faço. Volto a dizer sou PROFISIONAL DE FUTEBOL, quero jogar só isso… Hoje o Sr. Árbitro foi injusto e deve um pedido de desculpas a todos os sócios de RIO AVE, porque eu não disse nem fiz nada que me pudesse valer a espulsão. I am a PROFESSIONAL SOCCER at RIO AVE F.C., today I feel sad and wronged, I was expelled without understanding why !! All my career I respected the referees and today I kept that respect and I will always keep, but I was spared without understanding why, I got a yellow card and asked “why”, because I don’t speak Portuguese, I was ignored and asked several times “why, why, why “(why, why, why), and the referee showed me the second yellow. I do not know what you noticed, I did not fail to respect, I say again I do not speak Portuguese, and did not fail to respect even in English, because I do not. I say again I’m a PROFESSIONAL SOCCER, I want to play just that … Today Mr. Referee has been unfair and owes an apology to all RIO AVE members because I have not said or done anything that would be worth the spill.
Taremi has scored 21 goals in 45 international appearances for the Iran national team.